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"Charlie Warde: A Solo Show of Paintings and Drawings"
2005-08-22 until 2005-09-04
Muse 269 Gallery
UK United Kingdom
After some years spent in London, Charlie Warde moved to Florence, Italy, to pursue an academic training in portraiture. Two years of study under Charles Cecil was followed by two further years with Richard Serrin, who encouraged him to take a more individual path. Classically trained, he often referred to the old masters, in particular Rembrandt and Rubens as well as Cezanne through this formative stage. Fundamental to his development as an artist was an appreciation of all aspects of painting.
The paintings exhibited are worked in traditional medium of oil on canvas and his subject matter is of recent landscapes painted in North England at his fathers farm in Kent. Concerned with all aspects of colour and design, he attempts to ‘bend the landscape’ and to redesign it according to its form. Fascinated by farm management of the land, what interests him artistically is how this taming of the country affects the eye and the human need to redesign the very shape of the landscape itself. With emphasis on colour he only paints from life, preferring to be situated within his chosen environment. This chosen technique openly expresses his oneness with his subject, his love of the countryside and how it is formed.
Many of the drawings are self-portraits, exploring the immersion of the artist within studies of the human face. An opportunity to explore expressions that he feels he could not ask of a model to hold, this show illustrates a diverse range of work from portraiture to landscape.